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American wants to extend their Schengen visa in Germany.

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1. Posted by Jazmin81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello. I have 2 questions...

I'm a single, 30 year old American born US citizen who has been traveling in Europe (all Schengen area countries) for the last 84 days. I am currently in Berlin Germany, and I plan on leaving September 27th from Berlin to the US (I already purchased my flight). I want to extend my visa until September 27th. Can someone people let me know where exactly (address) I need to go or the phone number to contact? I've called and researched various sites but they don't seem to have the same information and aren't clear on the steps that one should take to try and extend a visa.
Time is of the essence as I have very few days 90th day is this Tuesday, August 30th. Oh yes, also, I am trying to extend my visa because I want to eventually move here some time next year and I'm looking for some work. So the purpose of me wanting to extend my visa is for work, not tourism.

Also, I had initially thought that it would be valid if I were to leave this Monday to London (a non Schengen area country), stay there for 72 hours, and then come back to Berlin. But after doing some research it seems as though this wouldn't be valid, and that I need to be in a non Schengen country for 90 days until returning to a Schengen country. Can someone please shed some light on this or give me a site where I can get the accurate information?

Appreciate your feedback.


2. Posted by morro (Full Member 102 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hi Jazmin,

As an American, you wouldn't have a visa. Instead you get a visa waiver which is valid for 90 out of 180 days. Unfortunately, there is NO way to extend this and there is NO way around this. If you stay beyond August 30th, you would be overstaying.

You are right. If you leave the Schengen area and come back a few days later, it won't refresh your visa waiver as you are only allowed to stay for 90 out of 180 days.

Whether or not you decide to stay in Germany beyond August 30 is up to you. You should be fine until you try to leave. The Germans are very strict and will most likely catch you on your way out, fine you and make you miss your flight.

This is a bit dodgy, but it is common knowledge the Italy is slack with their borders. If you are desperate to stay, you can travel from Germany to Italy by train and catch a flight out of Rome heading back to the US. Make sure there are no transit stops in the Schengen area.

I think you will find the best option is to just go home. Either way, good luck.

3. Posted by amsel07 (Budding Member 55 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Another possible way: Go to the local authorities in Berlin ( Ausländeramt) and ask if you can get a Fiktionsbescheinigung. This is a paper which allows you to extend your stay for a few days, how long and if at all is at the discretion of the authorities. However, usually it is given to US citizens. If you decide to do that, absolutely take your ticket for your return flight and show it to them.
Don't mention anything about looking for work. If in Germany as a tourist, you're not allowed to look for work, just as a German on a tourist visa in the US is not allowed to look for work.

This plan may backfire, though. If you don't get the Fiktionsbescheinigung, the authorities know that you'll overstay.